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Welcome to our collection of model railway layout features. Here you will find beautifully detailed model railways in 'OO' gauge, 'N' gauge, 'O' gauge, 'OO9' narrow gauge and more offering a huge variety of build designs and inspirational techniques. Plus our growing collection covers a broad spectrum of different periods in railway history as well as all four corners of the British railway network while many feature exclusive KeyModelWorld only video tours. Indulge and enjoy!

Explore the amazing model railways built by talented individuals and clubs which feature in the pages of Hornby Magazine. This section covers 'OO', 'EM', 'P4', 'N', and 'O' gauge model railways and more in all eras. Plus many now feature exclusive online video content which you can only find here on Key Model World.

Heaton Lodge Junction - the Grand Plan Feature Premium

Heaton Lodge Junction - The Grand Plan

SIMON GEORGE

One of the biggest model railways in the UK is set to expand further with conversion of its storage yard into a facility recreating the likes of Tinsley and Healey Mills yards. Owner SIMON GEORGE talks to MIKE WILD about the latest evolution of this ‘O’ gauge behemoth.Photography, Mike Wild and Jonathan Newton

SIMON GEORGE
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St John’s - a GWR branch line terminus in 'OO'

PAUL WARDEN

PAUL WARDEN opted to 'Go Great Western’ with his first ever layout, recalling summer Saturdays in Glorious Devon in the 1930s and 1960s in ‘OO’ gauge - and you can see it at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. Read the full feature and watch our exclusive layout tour video here.

PAUL WARDEN
Pete Waterman's Making Tracks 2023 Feature Premium

MAKING TRACKS 3: Milton Keynes Central - the finished layout

MIKE WILD

When you have built two stunning 64ft long layouts in two years and you want to build a third, how do you make it even better? The answer was to take on a challenge from Hornby Magazine, which PETE WATERMAN OBE and the Railnuts did when they set out to build Milton Keynes Central in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD explains all.

MIKE WILD
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Lockwood Street - a 2mm finescale terminus

PAUL DERRICK

The former Hull and Barnsley Railway terminus at Cannon Street in Hull was the inspiration for the Hull Miniature Railway Society to build this enthralling 2mm finescale railway. PAUL DERRICK explains all.

PAUL DERRICK
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Catherwood - a Southern Region branchline, Part 1

GLENN JONES

Inspired by his grandmother's tales of life in England and visits to the Swanage Railway, GLENN JONES recreated a slice of southern England in Australia. In the first instalment of a two-part feature, he explains the early construction, operation and train fleet. Photography, Jonathan Newton

GLENN JONES
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The Charnwood Forest Branch – Part 2

JOHN ELLIOTT

In the second of our two part feature on Soar Valley Model Railway Club’s stunning ‘O’ gauge layout, JOHN ELLIOTT looks more closely at how the buildings and scenery were created.

JOHN ELLIOTT
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The Charnwood Forest Branch – Part 1

JOHN ELLIOTT

An ‘O’ gauge spectacular based on a real railway, Soar Valley MRC’s layout has been a long time in gestation. JOHN ELLIOTT introduces this stunning layout in the first of a two part feature.

JOHN ELLIOTT
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Twelve Trees Junction

MIKE WILD

Hornby Magazine’s popular Southern Region ‘OO’ gauge layout has been out of the limelight for some time, but it is far from forgotten. We look back at its first full feature from the Archive. Photography, Mike Wild.

MIKE WILD
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Hatherleigh Junction - Western Region Gauge 1

BOB HUNTER

BOB HUNTER opted for Gauge 1 for his fictional North Devon station and the results are a spectacular showcase of what can be achieved in large scales.

BOB HUNTER
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Hawkswood Junction - Nottinghamshire in the 1980s in 'OO'

STEVE BRAMMER

Nottinghamshire during the 1980s is the setting for railwayman STEVE BRAMMER’S ‘OO’ gauge home-based layout, capturing the scene of the times delightfully.

STEVE BRAMMER
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Bakewell - the Peak District in 'OO' gauge

ROB BROOKS

The Midland Railway's stunning route through the Peak District is the subject of ROB BROOKS’ ‘OO’ gauge layout, which keeps this much missed railway alive in model form.

ROB BROOKS
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Seend - a lost Wiltshire station in 'OO'

STEVE JONES

Modelling real locations is difficult but rewarding. STEVE JONES decided to rekindle a long closed station in Wiltshire in ‘OO’ and set in the 1960s.

STEVE JONES
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Croydon North Street - Network SouthEast on the Southern

PETER SHARPS

London’s bustling commuter network was rarely more colourful than in the days of Network SouthEast. PETER SHARPS set out to recreate a small slice of it in ‘OO’ on a layout just 18 inches wide.

PETER SHARPS
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Dentdale - the Settle and Carlisle in 'N' gauge

Wayne Webb, Tony Frazer and Bob Taylor

‘N’ gauge offers the potential for a really expansive layout, and Wayne Webb, Tony Frazer and Bob Taylor have exploited its potential to brilliant effect in their impressive Settle and Carlisle railway layout.

Wayne Webb, Tony Frazer and Bob Taylor
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Devon Junction - a Western Region through station in OO

LES PARRY

Glorious Devon has inspired generations of modellers and LES PARRY is no exception. However, he chose to emulate Exeter St David’s in the basement of his Spanish home.

LES PARRY